Radio Times 13-19th November 2021

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prime’s big gamble

WHEN ROSAMUND PIKE was last seen on our screens she was one half of the BBC2 two-hander State of the Union, in which she and Chris O’Dowd played a couple trying to hold their relationship together. A low-key drama, the action took place in a series of chats in a resolutely ordinary pub. Each episode lasted ten minutes and it first went out in September 2019 on a Sunday night. But that was then. This week Pike is back on television but as the top-of-the-bill star of Amazon Prime’s multi-million pound fantasy extravaganza The Wheel of Time, a lavish TV adaptation of a 14-book epic by the cult American author Robert Jordan. As Pike tells us in our exclusive interview on page 8, she plays a legendary sorceress with miraculous powers…

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this week

WHAT I’M WATCHING… SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR I’m watching Succession,” says the ‘singer. “The characters are so ghastly, but I love them all as well. The writing is so sharp. I’ve been watching The White Lotus, too, and please don’t judge me, but I’ve started watching Married at First Sight UK.’ My 24-hour Kitchen Disco Danceathon — page 14 SIMON REEVE Like millions ‘of people I’ve worked my way through Squid Game,” says the presenter. “It’s dark and violent and not for kids, but the acting and writing are superb and the music, set design, cinematography and storytelling are an endless surprise. I haven’t seen anything else quite like it.’ Exploring the Lakes — page 18 Recommended family viewing: check programme descriptions for age suitability…

3 min
still a beautiful game?

SPORT ISN’T JUST sport any more – it’s the news. The recent Saudi-led take over of Newcastle United is a dramatic reminder of the extent to which the world of sport now routinely collides with geopolitics, big business, the law and ethics. As well as elevating one of the Premier League’s sleeping giants to the top of football’s rich list, this story has forced the game to confront tough issues over the character and motives of club owners, and the rules over such deals. Many people see this as a country with a notorious human rights record using football to try to burnish its image abroad. These fears were reinforced by the headline-grabbing scenes of thousands of jubilant Newcastle fans outside St James’ Park celebrating the Saudi investment. But such controversy is…

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from the rt archive…

WHAT WE WATCHED BBC1’s big-budget period drama Cranford made its debut, with a pre-Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas adapting Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1840s-set novels about life in a Cheshire market town. And star Judi Dench hoped the series would inspire people to seek out the books: “It’s terrific that maybe now people will get a great deal of pleasure out of reading Mrs Gaskell. Nobody remembers who she was any more, because she’s not on the school syllabus. I think this might open the door to her being read.” On TV, the five-parter would be successful enough to earn a sequel — the Christmas special Return to Cranford, which arrived two years later in 2009. WHAT YOU SAID Alexandra Slater of Chesterfield in Derbyshire was frustrated by the on-off romance between Martin and Louisa…

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‘we can’t afford to muck this up’

IT’S HARD FOR an ordinary mortal to grasp the scale of Amazon Studios’ new fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. But trust me, even in the era of big TV, this is a whopper. It seems that the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, noted the success of Game of Thrones and decided he wanted one of those for his streaming service. The source material is a 14-book series by Robert Jordan that, at 11,000 or so pages, is one of the longest continuous narratives ever written. Its centre of production is a vast new Amazon studio in the Czech Republic, where thousands of cast and crew from all over the world have relocated their lives. It’s currently running at $10 million per episode and if they do the whole thing –…

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who’s who in the wheel of time

Robert Jordan — pen-name for Vietnam vet James Oliver Rigney Jr — was inspired for his Wheel of Time saga by European and Asian mythology, War and Peace and The Lord of the Rings. They’re labyrinthine tales of good and evil, full of magic, prophecies and wars, spanning from the dawn of time to a distant future Earth. At the heart of the books is Moiraine Damodred, an enigmatic Aes Sedai sorceress, who spirits away a group of young men and women from their village to embark on a quest. She believes one of the men to be the Dragon Reborn, foretold to save the world and defeat “the Dark One”. They go on a continent-spanning journey to reach the Aes Sedai’s White Tower. NYNAEVE AL’MEARA ZOË ROBINS The ”Wisdom” of the village of…